The trick to New Year’s resolutions is being realistic. You aren’t about to become an entirely different person just because the dates on the calendar changed. The business models of the lower-priced gyms depend on this fact.

That’s not to say that trying to improve is entirely bunk. Far from it. We just think that resolutions are easier to keep when they run along the lines of making more time for the things you enjoy and not losing a certain amount of weight. And that’s where we can help.

There are a ton of great concerts in town during the first full week of 2019 to get you out and doing. Dancing is exercise, after all, and it’s a ton more fun than lifting weights and watching CNN on mute.

A$AP Rocky @ UIC Pavillion

Wednesday, January 9

Lord Flacko might have had a legit challenge to the A$AP throne a few years back when Ferg was on fire, but a string of excellent releases and his collaborations with Tyler, the Creator have kept him solidly at the top of the A$AP Mob. Why not pay respect to the king? You know you want to hear “Sundress” live.

Brothers Osborne @ Riviera Theatre

Thursday, January 10

Though it’s modern music makers are often derided, there’s still plenty of excellent country music on offer if you know where to look. Brothers Osborne are a great place to start, a group that makes solid country tunes without falling into the trap of traditionalist idol worship.

The Glitch Mob @ The Mid

Friday, January 11

It takes a certain mindset to become a mainstay in the ever-shifting landscape of dance music. The type of people who manage to hang on are the ones who were doing their own thing from jump and this Los Angeles IDM group has always been on its own wavelength. Catch them at The Mid this Friday.

John Oates @ SPACE

Sunday, January 13

Speaking of veterans, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday than with one half of the music world’s most-successful duo of all time. Oates solo still has some of the songwriting magic that made him a star and fans can expect him to play his own bluegrass tunes as well as mellow interpretations of his hits. He’ll perform at SPACE on Sunday.

U.S. Bombs @ Reggie’s Music Joint

Saturday, January 12

These California punks started out as a throwback, playing songs that reminded listeners of street style punk like The Clash. But they’ve been around long enough to generate their own nostalgia, bringing old fans and new together on a reunion tour. Check it out for yourself on Saturday at Reggie’s.

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